phaleslu (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle shared at Cam’s tasting. Thanks again! Pours a clear red-amber color with an off-white head that lasts only as a ring. Clean aroma, with lots of vinous character throughout, notes of flowers, apples, lemon juice, oak, herbs, and only light funk. The flavor has more tropical fruits; very vinous, as well. Mildly acidic. Citrus juice. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Excellent beer. Really refreshing.
brystmar (972) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 release. Funky grass and hay, farmhouse blankets, yeast at the forefront. Layers of depth, mild tartness; tastes like blend between a gueuze and saison. Shaun brewed yet another winner.
davey101 (562) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml red waxxed bottle into a tulip glass. 2012 vintage, 1200 bottles. Shared moments after returning to CT from the Norma release on an outside patio in the cold. Can’t beat it! Quick notes I jotted down.
A - Pours a cloudy dark red body. Messy off-white foam.
S - My first thought was of a Flemmish bruin. Has a lactic twang with some cherries, vinegar, apricot and plenty of oak. Some musky saison notes with a touch of caramel.
T - Tart cherries and vinegar, caramel malts, funky earthy notes, fresh apricot, and some light oak and vanilla. Really complex and tasty. The finish was unreal though. The beer was incredibly tart and then it just vanishes away. Medium bodied with nice carb.
O - The first half of the glass left me a bit underwhelmed. The more I thought about the beer the more I liked it though. Its incredibly complex and unique. Super tart with a perfectly clean finish. It drinks way too easily. Certainly worth the effort to get a bottle in person.
Reynolds314 (1877) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2013 Bottle shared with Ernesto. Pours an amber copper color with lively tan head with good retention. Aroma is nice lemon, nutty maltiness, light toast, balsamic. Taste is prickly tartness with a lot of woody oakiness and vinous notes and light vinegar. Very nice beer.
Ernesto987 (3010) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2013 Completely flat, no head. Too bad, would be amazing but with a flat body it’s just flavored water. Will definitely rerate when I try again, asking around this was an islocated incident
After opening another bottle, oh my god....... I’m speechless
yourefragile (109) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL 2011 bottle. Thanks Tucker. Shared shortly after the Ann release.
Pours a generally clear ruby brown with a large off white head. Long retention and sticky, thick lacing. Nose is a complex blend of sweet bread, malt, woodsy and earthy oak, vanilla, and yeasty spice. Flavor is more of the same as the nose, funky and earthy, spicy yeast and oak, mild vanilla and malt sweetness. Medium thick body, prickly carbonation, mild tartness in the finish. Just wow, as nice as Ann was, this was the standout for me. Edit: Early sample of the 2012 batch was equally special, with a little more barrel (port like) and fruit presence than I remembered from the 2011 bottle.
cpetrone84 (1011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2013 pour is orangish red with an off white head leaving a decent lace. Nose is heavy red wine, juicy dark grape, notes of oak, very rustic and pleasant. Taste is solid, the red wine is there. juicy dark grape.leather light behinf, slight brett presence. Body is light, assertive carbonation, and a touch of dryness to it.
JAXSON (511) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber pour. Nose is grainy, wine forward but quite balanced. Rustic, great barrel and grain working with cherry, stone fruit. Mouth is a bit oxidized, malty, lots of red berries and red wine barrel. Great nose with some great rustic qualities, but a bit overly oxidized and malty in the mouth. Feel is soft washing carbonation, pleasant.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: An intense, sharp, tart, citric, oaky, wild amber amber. Unique creation.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed approximately 4 months after the beer release (first batch, only batch so far). Split two-way
The look: Cloudy amber-orange body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is bright brett, plenty of freshly cut oak, some citric fruits, a countryside sensation. Taste is uber-rustic, tart red and light color fruits, plenty of oak tannins, woody white wine, something that resembles raspberry seeds, strong farmhouse character, lemony citric notes, fresh oranges. The oak is coming out strong in this beer. Crispy mouthfeel with an aggressive carbonation. This tasted like a blend of 50% wild oaky Sour ale and 50% uber-rustic blond Saison. As far as style is concerned I thought this was closer to what ratebeer usually classifies as a Wild/Sour then the current style Bière De Garde. An excellent beer but very razor-sharp and not as highly drinkable as all other Hill Farmstead wild ales, this is almost a sipper. I should add that my brother thought it was the best Hill Farmstead he ever had, but he doesn’t rate and I do, I think Biere De Norma is just on par with the average standard of excellent Hill Farmstead quality, a great beer. Impossible to find, but with I drink a beer I don’t care about superficial things like how rare or how hyped the beer is, I only care about meaningful important things, like how jealous tickers will be that I drank this beer.
sarro (119) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small pour thanks to Lushawn and his woman winnning a bottle and sharing it on the spot! Appearance is a dark golden color and the nose is light fruit, floral, some yeast and subtle funk. Taste is a refreshing mix of white wine--gewurztraminer and sauv blanc--, lemon, pear, and grass with a touch of sour. Medium body with medium carbonation. Finish on the dryer side. Reminded me a bit of Avery’s Sui Generis in some regards.